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March 28, 1959

Treatment of Cancer and Allied Diseases. Volume I: Principles of Treatment

JAMA. 1959;169(13):1538. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000300134028

This is the first of nine volumes to be published. The other eight are to be concerned with specific neoplasms according to their origin in anatomic areas or systems. The first edition was in two volumes of such size as to be read only at a sturdy desk or table; the present volume is considerably smaller than the earlier books but still too heavy for armchair use or for reading in bed. Fifty-five authors have contributed to this volume alone, to accomplish a general review of organization ( clinics and home care), diagnosis and pathology, some features of surgical therapy, methods of irradiation (5 of 10 section are devoted to this), hormonal treatment, chemotherapy, care of incurables, and reporting of end-results.

It is obvious that in the 37 chapters there is much important information although the overlapping, the conflicts of opinion, and the rapid obsolescence common to all such encyclopedic efforts

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